Monday, January 7, 2013
Running observations - what I learned from my last run
Two days have passed since I finished the Red Rock 50k, I am still definitely quite sore, have also developed a bit of a sniffle probably because my immune systems was weakened and yet I am feeling really good about the run. I fell that I have turned a corner or two in my ultrarunning experience and I am looking forward to some more good runs this year. The next big race I will be preparing for will be my second attempt at completing the Bishop High Sierra 100k on May 18.. http://www.bhs50.com/
The first most immediate thing that I learned and I am happy for is the progress I have made with my hamstring injury. At no time during the run did my hamstring tighten up and slow me down. At the end of the race after I got lost for a bit then got back on the road I was still doing sub 12 minute miles up a grade which is awesome for me after running more than 30 miles already. I fell that I can just continue the conditioning and treatments that I have been doing and slowly build up my mileage to get ready for Bishop. Right now I am running 50 miles per week. My mileage goal is to be running 60 miles a week by the end of January, 80 miles a week my the end of February and 100 miles a week by the end of March or mid April. Included in that will be one long -long run of 30 or more miles every 3 weeks. One thing that I enjoy about ultrarunning is that you can loosely put together a program like this and not worry too much about what days you are going to run what miles and what pace you will run them. If I am running 6 miles or less it will probably be around and 8 minute per mile pace. Anything from 6 to 12 miles will average a 9 - 10 minute pace. 20 or more miles will be done at over a 10 minute per mile pace.
The second thing I learned was more mental. I learned that I could get myself into a mindset where I am toughing out a run and pushing myself to my limits, which will include pain, and at the same time I am deriving satisfaction from my accomplishments and enjoying what I am doing despite the pain. I guess that is what most people would more simply call being a "bad ass." At the same time, I have come to realize that these low points in an ultrarun can pass and when they do you have a chance to feel that you are totally in the zone. The zone I am talking about is a feeling of having pushed yourself for all that you are worth and feel that you can freely keep doing so for as long as you need to.
I am sure there are more lessons that I will learn as I travel down this road and I am looking forward to them. Any comments anyone? I have kind of been pouring myself out here for awhile and it would be nice to hear what someone else has to say for a change. :-)